According to the current state of the art in science and technology, the OECD/NEA and the IAEO have confirmed that final disposal also of in particular highly radioactive waste that produces heat in deep geological formations can already be achieved in a technologically safe and secure manner at present.
In a brief report issued in 2007, the BGR summarised findings on the three potential host stones of rock salt, clay and crystalline rock (for example, granite) and compared the properties of these formations in terms of their relevance to final disposal. It would appear that rock salt displays a host of positive properties with regard to final disposal. Hence the priority for Germany should be placed on the host formations of rock salt and clay. Due to the geological conditions prevailing in Germany, crystalline rock plays a secondary role. Additional BGR reports on rock salt, clay and crystalline rock can be called up in PDF format on the .
In Germany, the Konrad shaft has been approved as final disposal for weakly and moderately radioactive waste. Its conversion into a final disposal site was commenced in 2007. It is not expected to be commissioned before 2021.
The former final disposal site for weakly and moderately radioactive waste in the GDR was transferred to the Federal Government within the framework of reunification. The placement of radioactive waste in final disposal was stopped in 1998 and stabilisation measures have been carried out since 2003. The decommissioning procedure for Morsleben is ongoing at present. The meeting discussing this took place in October 2011.
The Site Selection Act on the Search for and Selection of a Site for Final Disposal of Radioactive Waste that Develops Heat went into force on 27 July 2013. The search for a site is being performed without any preconceived notions on the basis of objective criteria (the so-called "white map"). A prior pluralist commission with representatives from the Federal Government and Länder is to discuss fundamental issues relating to disposal and elaborate the foundations for a search for a site based on scientific criteria. Its recommendations are to be submitted to Parliament by 2015.